THE STRENGTH AND THE WEAKNESS OF REPUBLICS.

By E. R. ENOUYE.

THE republican form of government is now generally conceded to be "theoretically the best," but its claim to be also the strongest is still disputed, or at least not yet firmly established. The Declaration of Independence by the American Colonies, the French Revolution, and various important subsequent events, until the present time, all unite in proclaiming to the nations of the world the right of a people to govern itself, and by so doing demonstrated clearly the absurdity of the divine rights of the kings to rule.

The whole political heaven is, as it were, being charged with republican electricity. The explosion will come sooner or later. Meanwhile, the diffusion of intelligence among the people makes them more enlightened and more jealous of their rights than ever before; despots tremble on their thrones, and as they make concessions most reluctantly, most readily do the people call for more. Judging from such circumstances, it would appear that all the nations of the world, as if by common consent, are converging rapidly toward that point where Republicanism reigns supreme.

It is then a matter of the utmost importance to us to endeavor to discover in what lie the strength and the weakness of republics.

Nothing is more plain than the theory of a republican government.

There is a body politic composed of so many citizens. It is an impossibility for the members of a State to assemble

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  • Preface. I
  • Part I. the Japanese Embassy. 5
  • Part Ii. the Japanese Students. 55
  • Part Ii. the Japanese Students. 67
  • The Chinese Ambassador in France. 72
  • Co-Education of Boys and Girls. 79
  • Oriental Civilization. 82
  • History of Japan. 86
  • Christianity in Japan. 91
  • The Strength and the Weakness of Republics. 94
  • The Japanese Costume. 100
  • A Father's Letter. 103
  • The Memorable Year. 108
  • George Washington. 114
  • Public and Private Schools. 117
  • Christmas. 124
  • Japanese Poetry. 127
  • Part Iii. Life and Resources in America. 137
  • Introdudtion. 139
  • Official and Political Life. 143
  • Life Among the Farmers and Planters. 159
  • Commercial Life and Developments. 186
  • Life Among the Mechanics. 203
  • Religious Life and Institutions. 215
  • Life in the Factories. 246
  • Educational Life and Institutions. 265
  • Literary, Artistic, and Scientific Life. 282
  • Life Among the Miners. 301
  • Life in the Army and Navy. 312
  • Life in the Leading Cities. 322
  • Frontier Life and Developments. 337
  • Judicial Life. 344
  • Additional Notes. 351
  • Appendix the Imperial Japanese Government's Special Finance and Economic Commission to the United States Headed by Baron Tanetaro Megata - (september 1917-April 1918) 353
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